From ARCHICON to BILT
I have had a number of ARCHICAD users ask me, “Why does ARCHICON no longer exist, and what will I benefit from attending BILT?”
Many assume that ARCHICON is no more because I found it too hard or that there wasn’t enough interest. But when I explain the real reasons behind the change they immediately realise the benefits. For those that are not aware, I began ARCHICON in 2015 with similar aspirations to what Wesley Benn did with RTC over a decade ago.
The reason for convening ARCHICON was to bring the best users together to share their knowledge for all local users to learn from whilst building the ARCHICAD user community. As successful as the event was, it was 100% focused on using one BIM authoring tool and didn’t enable attendees to attend sessions relevant to industry outside of the use of a single tool.
This year ARCHICON was co-located with RTC Australasia 2016 which provided greater opportunities for ARCHICON guests to attend other sessions of interest. In Adelaide in 2017, RTC and ARCHICON will both be part of a single event: BILT. At this event, the focus will not be on a single tool (though in truth it hasn’t, for some time). This is part of a move to erode industry silos and encourage significant cross pollination of knowledge across the AECO industry. For those that are not aware of the backstory around BILT, make sure you take to the time to read http://www.rtcevents.com/bilt/. I should add that the ‘by RTC’ part of the BILT logo is merely a reference to the event origins, to apply over the transition.
Later this week I will join the other BILT ANZ 2017 committee members in Adelaide for our Committee Workshop. In the workshop we will finalise the assessment of submitted abstracts, select sessions and plan the streams to make the event schedule. In my role as Stream Lead, my main focus whilst at the workshop will be to put together the most relevant and valuable sessions for ARCHICAD users. I’ll also be supporting the assembly of other new streams.
Whilst we are still finalising the program, we are expecting to see a wide range of sessions of interest to ARCHICAD users – not only about best practice use of the tool but on broader topics such as openBIM, industry collaboration and new technologies.